The Roman and Jewish authorities have admitted that they have put soldiers at the tomb where the body of Jesus of Nazareth lies.
This Jesus has been heralded as a Prophet over the last three years and multitudes have witnessed him doing many signs and wonders: healing many people and even raising some from the dead!
What concerns the authorities the most, is that Jesus has been heard to say that he himself would be raised from the dead after three days.
This would obviously cause a threat to the authorities and so a group of soldiers are guarding the tomb at this very moment to prevent such an unwelcome event.
The authorities are feeling doubly nervous because they snatched this Jesus and held an unlawful court throughout Thursday night and into early Friday morning.
It is rumoured that they couldn’t get any of the witnesses to agree on a story and when they finally dragged him off to see the Governor, Pontius Pilate, he looked as if he had been awfully treated and beaten up.
The Jewish authorities quickly rounded up a mob to give the Governor a hard time and because of the hostility of the crowd, the Governor changed his verdict from ‘not guilty’ to being condemned to death by crucifixion.
The Roman soldiers immediately whipped Jesus almost to the point of death and led him away to be crucified.
Later that day the soldiers put a spear into his side to make sure that he was dead.
Amazingly, the officer in charge of the execution, was overheard to say that he thought that this man was the Son of God.
All the God fearing people in Jerusalem are waiting to see whether this increased security will be able to stop the words of this Prophet from turning into reality – only time will tell!
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Reports have just come in that over one hundred people claim to have seen this Jesus of Nazareth.
They insist that this is the same man and that he has risen from the dead!
[An imaginary newspaper article nearly 2000 years ago!]
[i] Milwaukee Art Museum. Photo: Aavindraa opens in a new window.